March Community Forum at Catawba features talk on big demographic changes in NC

March Community Forum at Catawba features talk on big demographic changes in NC

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - From Catawba College: North Carolina is experiencing profound demographic changes: our state's growing population is increasingly diverse, we face looming impacts of population age, and there are widening disparities between urban and rural counties.

These changes impact everything from school enrollment and voting behavior to health care, housing, and transportation. At the next Catawba College Community Forum, Dr. Rebecca M. Tippett, Director of Carolina Demography at the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, will provide an overview of past and future population trends in North Carolina, with specific attention to the greater Salisbury region.

Dr. Tippett is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio State University, with M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University. Her areas of expertise include population estimates and forecasts, migration, and indicators of economic well-being. Dr. Tippett's past work includes designing and implementing surveys for state agencies to meet federal reporting guidelines, forecasting population trends to determine the demand for new schools, and evaluating the success of different estimating methodologies for the U.S. Census Bureau. She writes and speaks frequently about the impact of demographic and social trends in North Carolina.

Come to the next Catawba College Community Forum on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall for some important insights into future population trends and the challenges they may present for North Carolina in general and the Salisbury area in particular. Admission, as always, is free.

A SPECIAL NOTICE: For the many of you who were disappointed at the weather-related cancellation of the February Forum with Dr. Racelle Weiman, please note that we have tentatively rescheduled Dr. Weiman's presentation on "Women in the Holocaust" for October 20, 2015. More specific information will be forthcoming in the fall.